We could live so much easier if we didn’t have so much junk.
Today I was cleaning and organizing a bunch of junk. I’m planning on hosting a garage sale to get rid of our mountains of clothes and random things from around the house.
We all dream of living without any useless things around, right? That’s why we have garage sales…to de-clutter. If our houses were full of only simple, beautiful, useful things…that would be a dream come true.
Of course, no one wants an empty house. We want enough clothes to be fashionable, enough food to be full all the time, and enough things to be comfortable. That’s why most people don’t really like the idea of sacrifice and giving away everything. We all like possessions.
Jesus says in Matthew 19:21: “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” That’s saying a lot.
Who wants to give everything away? Who would be willing to do that?
Well, funny you’d ask. It turns out that’s not a rhetorical question. There’s an answer: Jesus.
Jesus came down to earth and got rid of his heavenly possessions. He was a king in heaven! The angels worshipped him! He had everything that he ever wanted right at his fingertips.
But instead, he looked down at our sad living, shook his head, and jumped out of heaven, landing on some scratchy hay in the form of a baby. (Go here for more on this.)
Jesus didn’t have any junk in heaven, but he still ignored all of it to save us. To save ME. To save YOU. Jesus gave it all away so we could be with him.
It’s good to get rid of junk, because it means that there’s less in the way of Jesus. It’s hard to see him through our mess of junk. So maybe get rid of some junk today. Get rid of some of your possessions. Because guess what? Nothing here will last. It’s only Jesus who will last.
And Jesus ain’t junk.